Understanding and dealing with grief
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Welcome to 2017 and Welcome a new Age – Aquarius.   It is a time of new beginnings……….. lets dream big!

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In this month:

  • Article: Good Grief
  • Oils: Essential oils for Letting Go
  • Recipe: Zucchini & Feta Fritters

Yours in Abundant Health,


Veronica Mander (Adv.Dip.Hom. ANTA, AROH)

Good Grief ... or not!

Grief today is a much-overused word and poorly understood.

For me, it is an “umbrella” word under which layers of emotions reside and frequently simmer away.

Grief is commonly associated with the loss of a loved one accompanied by much sadness.  And yes, that may well be the case, however under that sadness is often much confusion, shock, anger, guilt, frustration, a sense of displacement and many other emotions.

Some other areas that accompany feelings of grief can be:
  • Feelings of loss or bereavement as from a sense of great disappointment that things did not turn out as previously planned or expected eg, you had a great business plan but it just did not turn out as you expected.
  • A sense of grief over plans being curtailed, ambitions never fulfilled or a necessary change of direction dictated by circumstances beyond our control eg Redundancy, serious illness, financial loss etc.
As a culture, we are not comfortable dealing with “grief”, whether it is our own or someone else. 

As with any emotion, Grief is just an energy that needs to be released – this is done by first allowing it to flow through you and recognising what it has also triggered within you. 

Taking time and space for this is essential.  Finding a good support team either friends or family or professional guidance is also essential and then honouring yourself in amongst it all. 

In clinic – I frequently see issues of grief and often symptoms of suppressed grief – of which I am also guilty.  Making sense of everything that comes into our path can be overwhelming at times. It takes time to move through the stages and layers in the process of healing. And some of those stages can last for what feels like ages while we try to understand and make sense of what happened. This is how our hearts and souls heal.

There are many homeopathic remedies that can assist with coming to terms with all the emotions that “grief” presents – especially if you feel stuck. You will know this if your throat often feels restricted or feels like a lump stuck in there, or you find yourself crying for no good reason or just feel sad all the time (which is different to depression). 

By the way, crying is good! So I found out the hard way!  This is how you allow energy to flow.  Not judging it takes mindfulness and practice.

We are in a new year, and this year brings with it new beginnings. So now its time to clean out old redundant thought patterns and emotions. 

Need Help??  You don't have to do it alone. Come and see me, bookings are easy online.

I often get asked for suggestions for Young Living Essential oils for “letting go” of some redundant emotional stuff and allowing feelings of peace. I recommend:

  • Lavender
  • Frankincense
  • Orange
  • Cedarwood
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Clary Sage
  • White Angelica

My favourite diffuser blend right now is Lavender, Sage, Cedarwood and Orange.  Allow yourself some quiet time each day (5-10mins will do) and don’t overthink everything. Just breathe deeply into your stomach and slowly exhale – repeat three times.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day (breaking your fast) and the most difficult to get organised. Here is a suggestion and a personal favourite.


5 small (810g) zucchinis (courgettes), grated
3 eggs
250g feta, crumbled
¾ cup (120g) plain (all-purpose) flour
1½ teaspoons baking powder
⅓ cup chopped mint leaves
⅓ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves
Sea salt and cracked black pepper
Extra virgin olive oil, for frying
  1. Place the zucchini in a flat layer on sheets of paper towel. Cover with another layer of paper towel and press to remove the excess water.
  2. Place the zucchini, eggs, feta, flour, baking powder, mint, parsley, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix to combine.
  3. Heat a little of the oil in a large non-stick 
    frying pan over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of mixture to the pan and flatten with a spatula. Repeat and cook, in batches, for 2–3 minutes each side or until golden.
  4. Keep the fritters warm and set aside. To make the tomato salad, place 
    the tomato, basil and mint in a bowl and toss to combine. Divide the fritters between plates and top with the tomato salad to serve. Serves 4
TIP: You can mix up the herbs – I love fresh basil and coriander………. Just play with it.


350g mixed cherry tomatoes, halved
⅓ cup small basil leaves
2 tablespoons small mint leaves

This recipe can be made up for breakfasts, lunches or dinners – serve with salads and bread rolls.

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Monday - Closed
Tuesday - 11am to 6pm
Wednesday - Closed
Thursday - 11am to 6pm
Friday - Closed
Saturday - 9am to 1pm (alternating weeks)

To book an appointment or to find out more:

P: 07 3394 4111
E: veronica@mander.com.au


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Carina Heights 4152

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